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Exercises Level 3: Juan Palazzo (1893-1921)

  Part 4

  Juan Palazzo, Un visitante nocturno (A visitor at night)




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  Además, era enano, fragmentario. Todo iba en desfavor suyo. Entonces imitó el ejemplo de otros.

Empezó a pisotear calles, especialmente las céntricas, mirando a diestra y siniestra los umbrales y rincones.
En donde encontraba desperdicios, deteníase. A veces sentía repugnancia, otras veces no.


¡Ah!, pero el mal olor, el olor pestífero se respiraba en todas partes, lo mismo en la urna plomiza de la casa rica como en el largo baúl de los conventillos. Al amanecer giraba hacia el Paseo de Julio, ya rendido, somnoliento, con la boca amarga y los labios secos. Allí, un hombre grueso, sucio, revisaba desconfiado la papelería; la pesaba y entre refunfuños y maldiciones, arrojaba la bolsa al carro.
 

Also, it was dwarf, fragmentary. Everything was going in desfavor his. Then it imitated the example of others.
It started trampling on streets, especially the central ones, looking at right hand and left hand the thresholds and corners. Where he was finding garbage, it was stopping. Sometimes he was feeling repugnance, other times not.

Ah!, but the bad smell, the smell pestífero was breathed everywhere, the same in the leaden urn of the rich house like in the long trunk of the conventillos. At the dawn it was turning towards Julio's, already humble, sleepy Walk, with the bitter mouth and the dry lips. There, a thick, dirty man, was checking distrusted the stationery; it was weighing her and between complaining and curses, it was throwing the bag to the car.

vocabulary  
  el enano = dwarf
  en favor = in favour
  pisotear = to kick
  en desfavor = to the disadvantage of
  el umbral = treshold
  diestra y siniestra = left and right (italianismo, not possible in Spain, from the Italian a destra e a la                               sinistra)
  los desperdicios = litter, garbage
  detenerse = to hold, to stop
  la repugnancia = disgust
  respirar = to breathe
  el plomo = lead
  plomizo = made of lead
  el conventillo = shabby house
  el amanecer = sun rise
  girar = to turn
  rendir = to vanquish
  somnoliento = tired, sleepy
  amargo = bitter
  confiar = to trust
  desconfiar = to distrust
  desconfiado = distrustful
  papelería = actually paper shop, here: a sack of papers
  la maldición = curse
  refunfuñar = to mumble
  los refunfuños = mumble
  arrojar = to throw
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